Planning a visit to come to Shanghai or already here and not sure what to visit? Here are some suggestions of must-see places in Shanghai:
One of the places you must visit when you are in Shanghai is the Bund, a famous riverside promenade along the west shore of the Huangpu River. On the walk side, you can find many historical western buildings and across the water, you’ll see Pudong with many modern skyscrapers. The best time to visit the Bund is just before it gets dark so you can see the Bund by day and by night.
If you like to go shopping, you might want to go to Nanjing Road. It’s the world’s longest shopping street, approximately 6 kilometers long, with more than 600 businesses. With over 1 million visitors daily, it can get really crowded.
People’s square is the largest public square in Shanghai where you can find People’s Park, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai’s municipal government building. People’s Square is ideal if you want to relax after a busy day. During the weekends it turns into a matchmaking market where many parents try to marry off their children.
As in many Chinese cities, there are also a number of temples to visit in Shanghai. The most famous temples are Jade Buddha Temple, Longhua Temple & Pagoda, Jing’An Temple, Temple of the Town Gods and Confucius Temple.
Another tourist destination is the Yuyuan garden. It is located in the Old City of Shanghai and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. There are six main areas in the garden: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall, and the Inner Garden. Each area is decorated with ancient trees, ponds, bridges, and sculptures. So if you want to visit a classical Chinese garden, this is the place to be.
Shanghai Tower 上海中心大厦
The Shanghai Tower, which boasts an impressive 632 meters (2,073 ft) was officially open to the public in July 2016. It shares the record with the Ping An Finance Center with having the highest observation deck within a building or structure. It is the second tallest building in the world behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. If you have the chance, it’s worth visiting the 118th floor and getting a bird’s eye view of the Shanghai skyline!
Enjoy your stay and if you have some time left, you’re always welcome to visit us at our Hutong School Shanghai branch near Jing An Temple!